(thecelebritycafe.com) - According to Reuters, Mel Gibson is set to play his first role on the big screen since 2002. The actor turned director has kept out of the spotlight since his embarrassing incident in July 2006, when he had a drunken, anti-Semitic outburst that made headlines. Gibson, 52, last starred in the 2002 films, Signs and We Were Soldiers. He transitioned from actor to director in 2004, when he made the highly controversial film, The Passion of the Christ. In 2006, Gibson stunned audiences again when he directed Apocalypto. Now the actor has decided to play the role of a police investigator in Edge of Darkness. The film is based on a 1985 BBC miniseries and centers on Gibson's character as he uncovers police corruption while trying to solve the mystery of his daughter's death. The film is produced by Graham King and directed by Martin Campbell. Production will begin in Boston in August.